Bad breath is a frustrating and embarrassing condition that can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem. It can also be a symptom of a much more serious problem that requires treatment. Dr. Grundstrom Joost and her team offer a range of general dentistry services that can help Jefferson City patients suffering from chronic bad breath. But before a patient can move forward with treatment, it is critical to first identify the cause.
The problem with bad breath, or halitosis, is that there is not just one possible cause. There could be a range of factors involved in your particular case. Some of the most common causes of bad breath include:
These are some of the more common causes of bad breath, but they are definitely not the only causes. Bad breath can also be caused by factors that have nothing to do with dental health. An illness like a sinus infection and certain medications can cause bad breath. During your examination, your dentist should be able to assess your dental health (and, to a point, your physical health) and identify the underlying cause of your bad breath.
Just like there is no one single cause of bad breath, there is also no single treatment for it. The reason that identifying an underlying cause of bad breath is so important is that your dentist must discover and treat the root cause of the bad breath in order to most effectively correct the issue instead of just masking it.
If the cause of your bad breath turns out to be poor dental hygiene, for example, treatment could be as simple as creating a more structured approach to daily brushing and flossing along, with regular dental check-ups. But if it turns out that your bad breath is the result of tooth decay, it will probably take a filling or dental crown to treat the problem. During your check-up, Dr. Grundstrom Joost will assess the cause of your bad breath and determine the best way to treat it.
To maintain the best dental health and stay on top of problems like chronic bad breath, a good dental hygiene routine is crucial. This includes regular visits to your dentist to check on the condition of your teeth and catch any small issues before they snowball into bigger problems. Dr. Grundstrom Joost and her team are ready to help. Contact our general dentistry office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about bad breath and your best treatment options.